My last MTB race (cannot believe it was 20 years ago) I went down super hard on the 2nd of 4 laps.
Got up and finished the race. Worse accident of my life. Blood everywhere. Other riders could not believe I finished or even attmeptedd to finish. Went back to campsite, showered and dressed the wounds as best as I could. Once I got back into the car for the 4+ hour drive home the emotions flowed.
Granted I was in great pain. Had nothing to do with the race itself.
I'm okay with getting a little emotional, but that's way above and beyond. There's got to be something else going on there. Like maybe he promised his dead cat that he would win the race.
I actually cried once when I couldn't finish a big ride and had to SAG it. I put a lot into that ride, and it ended in crushing failure. I watched my riding partners ride off down the road, and I got a little teary. I sat by myself for a few minutes and got over it. But jeeze, I didn't lie on the ground thrashing and blubbering like a baby. It's just a race, man.
The only good reason he can do it for that long is maybe he promised some kid with cancer the victory?
'09 Voodoo Wazoo
'08 Pedal Force RS2
'06 Raleigh Cadent 5.0
'01 Trek 4300 MTB
'93 Norco Nitro MTB Touring
'88 Schwinn Prelude Fixie
1 hour of running = 1 hour of wasted time when you could have been riding. - Alaska Mike